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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 21, 2011 10:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

may i suggest adding just a bit of commentary to go along with these posts you make where you just copy and paste a link to a show? more people would comment, and it would make the threads more interesting.

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Poster: ducats Date: Oct 22, 2011 3:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

i'll take just a ducat anytime - just handed mine to the guy at the gate and away i go

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 22, 2011 12:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

Coincidentally, I was listening to this one (in fits and starts) yesterday -- I've heard it before and really like it, though I'm seldom good at remembering details about WHY months later. (Sigh. My brain is just better at recalling historical trivia.) Anyway, a few random thoughts so far (I'm continuing to listen in fits and starts while doing other stuff) --

Incredible energy from the band. Might as Well isn't my fave, but the way they come out of the starting gate like a dancing train on fire (mixing metaphors madly in their path) is just perfect ... it sounds like the arena takes flight from the sheer blissful dancing energy. Might as Well Levitate.

Jack Straw is a super-high energy one, very high on the great Jerry ... one of those Jack Straws that rises to such an anthemic climax in the jam part that when it comes back around, they go "Jack Straw from Wichita, cut his buddy DOWN!" and it seems like everyone cheers and feels all ecstatic and goes, "YES! Cut his buddy DOWN! Oh blissful day!" That's such a weird song when it gets that happy-happy anthem mood. I had it on while doing dishes (my how life changes) and talk about an energizer ... yes, cut that grease DOWN!

Much great stuff in the 1st set, and I may chime in with more on the 2nd set later.

I'm listening to an AUD, and it's just got to be one of the most terrific AUDs ... well, maybe not, I'm no coinnoisseur, but you can really feel the energy AND hear the band. I expect that's because the one I have is probably the Miller AUD:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-10-29.ecm990.maizner.miller.108010.flac16

I know it's my bad, but I often forget to write down the version of shows I have, and then I'm ALWAYS mad at myself later. Someday I'll improve. In the meantime, the times on mine jibe with the Miller AUD. Highly recommended.



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-10-22 07:49:50

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 22, 2011 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

Perhaps the best part of this performance is that it occurred at my alma mater ;)

Seriously though, this show is one of my favorites of '77, and I don't really listen to much '77 these days. Big thanks to grendelschoice for the rec! Just wait 'til you get to the second set...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 23, 2011 9:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

Okey doke, CC, I put up my review :-)

I'd heard it before but hadn't taken notes. And then things can fly out of my brain. This, of course, is because there's so much more of importance in there. (Ha ha.)

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Oct 22, 2011 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

"may I suggest adding just a bit of commentary to go along with these posts you make where you just copy and paste a link to a show? more people would comment, and it would make the threads more interesting."

Rdinero, attached was a copy of the setlist and also a zen comment at the end of the page. :) I appreciate your relaxed and reasonable adult demeanor that you demonstrate here and simply don't believe it to be completely objective to write a review of a show that one did not attend. Therefore, I only write reviews of shows from attendance.

Further, folks check into this place from all over the world on a daily basis and sharing links to great performances is always a positive thing. Having experienced this band live for 23 years and well over 100 shows, I believe the majority of my show links to be high quality performances. Music is a language unto itself and this show stands on its own merit, the music speaks volumes that words simply cannot compare.


http://www.niu.edu/pubaffairs/nnow/winter04/ratdog.html

Here for you review is an article from niu.edu that covers someones opinion of the 10/29/77 Dekalb event.

Had they announced this show in the "Chicagoland" area a few days earlier than Thursday October 27th, we definitely would have made the one hour drive west for this one.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 22, 2011 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dekalb 10/29/77

ok, that all makes sense. well, thanks for clearing things up for me a bit.

if you don't feel you can objectively review shows you didn't attend, i'm sure you can still point to moments in the show that you believe deserve some recognition. of course, it's up to you. just a suggestion that imo would enhance the thread a bit. it's always nice to hear someone's opinion of a show they recommend.

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